To Thomas Jefferson
Aug. 20. 1802
The inclosed letters will shew the object of the Bearer Mr. Baker.1 From his conversation, I find that, placing Bourdeaux & Gibralter out of view, he wishes to be appd. as Consul, to Minorca, where he says a Consul will be admitted, now that it is again under the Spanish Government, and where he observes a consul may be of use to the U. States, particularly during our bicker⟨in⟩gs with the Barbary powers. I find from his conversation also that he is a native of Minorca, whilst under British Govt. but that he has been in the U. States about six years & is an American Citizen. Nothing has passed between us that can influence his expectations or calculations, of the result of his pursuit.2 Always with affectionate respect, Yrs.